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Former Client Blumenthal Helped Free Now Charged With Killing His Wife

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A man U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal helped to free from Florida’s death row more than 25 years ago has been charged in a different case with killing his wife in North Carolina.

Blumenthal was working at a private law practice when he agreed to take on the appeals case of Joseph Green Brown as a volunteer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Brown’s conviction on rape and murder charges was reversed in 1986 because of false testimony from a co-defendant.

The biography on Blumenthal’s Senate website says he saved the life of “an innocent, wrongly convicted death row inmate who came within hours of execution.”

Blumenthal declined to comment Sunday on his involvement in the case.

The 62-year-old Brown was in a North Carolina court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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